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Side effects of CBD

Written by: Arthur Leclerc

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Side effects of CBD

Cannabidiol is one of over 100 known cannabinoids that can be found in hemp plants. We know its benefits and millions of people consume it every day around the world. But what about its side effects of CBD? According to one study conducted in 2011, the molecule is not dangerous for health, and has few side effects identified. Others works Research carried out in 2017 confirmed the favorable safety profile of CBD, adding that possible adverse effects were indeed both mild and infrequent.

What are the side effects of CBD?

In most clinical studies, testing was done with high doses to evaluate the side effects of CBD. In these study cases, the adverse effects observed were as follows:

  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness and fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

Another one study also revealed that Cannabidiol has the ability to lower blood pressure in humans. This ability can be beneficial for some but can be problematic for people with low blood pressure.

Is CBD addictive?

Cannabidiol is not addictive in any way and there are no Cannabidiol withdrawal symptoms when you stop consuming it. The World Health Organization (WHO) also indicated in a report published in 2017 that “CBD does not exhibit any effects indicating potential for abuse or dependence." 

Side effect of CBD: Red eyes?

Having red eyes is due to the THC contained in CBD flowers. THC actually lowers pressure in the eyes, while increasing blood flow, which can cause redness. It is also this reduction in eye pressure that promotes the treatment of glaucoma. Redness can also come from smoke when it gets into your eyes. Red eyes are therefore not a possible side effect for CBD oils Or the capsules Broad-spectrum CBD (THC-free).

Effets Secondaires du CBD


Can you overdose on CBD?

The research mentioned above indicates that high doses of Cannabidiol are generally well tolerated. Others works however, revealed that extremely high doses of Cannabidiol could cause liver damage in some mice, but in quantities that were almost impossible to take (the equivalent of 50,000 mg per day for several days in a row for an 80 kg adult). .
We therefore do not include the risk of overdose among the possible side effects of CBD. Even if you take very high doses, you will not die, but you may experience unwanted side effects, such as nausea, diarrhea, and lethargy.

Side effect of CBD: drugs ?

CBD may also affect your body's ability to process certain medications, including blood thinners. Therefore, if you are taking medication, talk to your doctor before consuming it, to avoid any drug interactions.

CBD and fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding

The potential of Cannabidiol to help with fertility is often cited because its relaxing effects are beneficial for our sex life. However, research conducted in 2019 concluded that CBD may have a harmful effect on animal embryos and fetuses. We therefore strongly advise against its consumption during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Conclusion on the side effects of CBD

Side effects exist, but remain limited. Apart from the special cases mentioned above, you take little risk in consuming CBD. The challenge is above all to control your consumption, as you would for any product.

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